Huff better appreciates relief role

Huff better appreciates relief role

CHICAGO -- Indians starter David Huff has a newfound appreciation for members of the Tribe's bullpen after making an emergency relief appearance during Tuesday's 8-7, 14-inning loss to the White Sox.

"I've got a lot of respect for relievers," Huff said on Wednesday. "That's a tough job. That's a really tough job. As a starter, you come in, clean inning, throw as long as you can. It's a way different mentality.

"Now that I've had a little taste of it, I kind of understand. I don't completely understand, but my hat's off to those guys, with how quick they're able to get ready and get focused."

After the Indians used all seven of their relievers through the game's first 13 innings -- starter Ubaldo Jimenez bowed out after 4 2/3 innings and 105 pitches -- Cleveland turned to Huff with two runners on base and one out in the 14th. Huff last pitched on Sunday, when the Tribe's game against the Twins was postponed due to rain after two innings.

Three pitches into his first Major League relief appearance, Huff surrendered a walk-off single to Juan Pierre. Huff was warming up in the 14th in preparation for working the 15th inning for the Indians. When reliever Chad Durbin was unable to escape the 14th, Huff found himself trying to get loose in a hurry.

"First time out of the 'pen since, I don't even know when, maybe since college?" Huff said. "Now that I've done it, if they need me to do it again, I'd probably change some things up as far as getting ready quicker. It was like, 'Oh, crap, here we go.'"

Huff's last relief appearance actually came for Double-A Akron in 2008.

Indians manager Manny Acta said that Huff is still Cleveland's probable starter for Saturday's road game against Detroit.